The Saïd Foundation offers a number of full-cost postgraduate scholarships annually at Oxford and Cambridge universities to outstanding individuals who demonstrate the potential to become leaders and innovators of change. Scholarships are offered for one and two year postgraduate courses and for doctoral research (DPhil/PhD). There are no restrictions on academic subjects but priority will be given to candidates who can demonstrate that their subject will enable them to contribute to the development of their home country.

For DPhil/PhD scholarships priority will be given to those who hold a teaching post at a university in their home country and who can clearly demonstrate the need for their proposed research in their home country.

Scholarships are offered for postgraduate study only. Applications for undergraduate study cannot be considered. 

All applicants must meet the Foundation’s scholarship eligibility criteria for 2017/18 as follows:

Applications are restricted to candidates who are Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian ordinarily resident in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine or Israel;

Priority is given to candidates permanently living in the Foundation's target countries. The Foundation will, however, consider Syrians residing elsewhere due to current circumstances in Syria;

Priority is given to applicants who have not previously had the opportunity to study outside of their home country;

Evidence of proficiency in English is required by the Foundation and must be at the level required by Oxford or Cambridge;

Applicants must hold a first degree of a high enough standard to indicate that they are likely to complete their proposed course of study at Oxford or Cambridge successfully;

Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have the potential to be leaders in their field;

Successful applicants are required to sign a binding undertaking to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in one of the Foundation's target countries (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine) on completion of their course;

Applicants cannot be considered if they have not followed the proper application procedures for Oxford or Cambridge by the relevant deadlines. Applicants must also complete the Foundation's online application form.

For more information, please see the Guidance Notes for Oxbridge Applicants.